CIW Data Analyst

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

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Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32812

Dr. Jessie Gao is a Data Analyst for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). She completed her MS in Tourism Planning at Peking University in China, and her PhD studies in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Jessie spent several school terms with the CIW as a graduate RA. In January 2018 she joined us full time and is in charge of updating and maintaining the CIW's data repository, working with national, provincial and regional data as well as CIW data from our Community Wellbeing Surveys. Additionally, Jessie assists in preparing various CIW wellbeing reports and the publishing of academic articles. Her current research interests include focusing on adolescents' family vacation and quality of life. 

Selected Publications 

Gao, M. (2017). Exploring the influence of family holidays on Chinese adolescents’ subjective wellbeing. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Waterloo.

Gao, M. (2017). Exploring the influence of a family holiday on Chinese adolescents’ subjective wellbeing. 2017 Canadian Congress of Leisure Research, May 23-26, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Gao, M., Havitz, E. M., & Potwarka, R. L. (2016). A study of Chinese single children’s family vacation and wellbeing. 2016 Tourism and Travel Research Association (TTRA) Annual Conference, June 14-16, Vail, Colorado, USA.

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